Higgins, Australian Capital Territory

Higgins is a suburb in the Belconnen district of Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The suburb is named after politician and judge Henry Bournes Higgins (1851–1929). It was gazetted on 6 June 1968. The streets of Higgins are named after judges.[2]

CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Higgins is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°13′56″S 149°01′38″E / 35.23222°S 149.02722°E / -35.23222; 149.02722Coordinates: 35°13′56″S 149°01′38″E / 35.23222°S 149.02722°E / -35.23222; 149.02722
Population3,073 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,810/km2 (4,680/sq mi)
Area1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Ginninderra
Federal Division(s)Fenner
Suburbs around Higgins:
Holt Latham Florey
Holt Higgins Scullin

Higgins had two government run schools, Higgins Primary (now closed) and Higgins Preschool (now closed).

Political representationEdit

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Higgins is in the Fenner.[3]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Higgins is in the Ginninderra electorate.[4]


Rocks in Higgins are from the Silurian age. Green grey rhyodacite of the Walker Volcanics underlie the south and center of the suburb. North of center is purple and green-grey dacite of the Walker Volcanics that was deposited before the rhyodacite. Purple pink rhyolite is found in the north east. In the north west is purple and green tuff.[5]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Higgins (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 June 2017.  
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fenner (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  5. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.